Opinion

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By: Travis Naughton When I stopped drinking alcohol four and a half years ago, I made a calculated decision to write about my struggle with addiction here in the pages of the Boone County Journal. I did so for two reasons. First, I hoped that my message might resonate with someone out there in Readerland

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The Territory Ahead

By: Cathy Salter In life, exploring new territory can be both an opportunity and a daunting challenge. For months, Kit and I have been downsizing in preparation for a life-changing move to California where we first met in 1977. As spring began to show its colors in the Midwest, we packed up possessions that were

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Labor, Locks, & Life Lessons

By: Travis Naughton When I stopped taking substitute teaching assignments back in March, in order to be available to watch my grandbaby Freya while her mom and dad dedicated themselves to their college studies, our household of seven humans, two dogs, two cats, and a half-dozen fish become a one-income household. (Thankfully, my lovely wife

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The Joys of a May Garden

By: Cathy Salter Spring happened suddenly this year. Redbud trees burst onto the scene as if Mother Nature had dipped her paintbrush in a palette of plum hues and raced through the woods with abandon. White dogwood flowers deep in the woods mirrored the evanescence of fireflies. Fruit trees bloomed in our orchard. Bees buzzed.

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Goodbye, Sweet Friend

By: Travis Naughton Just before the 2020-2021 school year kicked off last September, I received a notification from Kelly Educational Staffing alerting me that my subbing services had been requested by my friend and coworker Misti Post. When I saw that Misti would need coverage for the first two weeks of the school year, I

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Small town Missouri

When I moved my family here, back to my wife’s hometown of Ashland, Missouri 23 years ago…Ashland was a small place where everyone knew everyone and everyone knew everyone’s business. Coming from the big city of Raytown, Missouri, I was impressed by the God-fearing, moral-loving, family-oriented town and it was exactly where I wanted to

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Spring’s Palette of Purples

By: Cathy Salter The first purple on spring’s palette always comes from the most delicate of flowers. Weeks before the official arrival of spring, crocuses push their way up through the hard winter ground. Cheered on by a few days of false spring temperatures, tiny purple crocuses emerge with variegated arms outstretched and saffron tongues

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A Ticking Time Bomb Day

By: Travis Naughton Maybe it’s true that no day can be absolutely perfect, but today (Sunday, April 25) came as close as any I can remember. The day started with sleeping in until 9:00am and waking up beside my beautiful bride of nearly 25 years. And it kept getting better and better after that. After

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Seniors are the ‘target of choice’ For COVID scammers

It may sound dismissive and insulting to say that the older you get the more susceptible you become to fraud, but a study published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, found that “even cognitively intact older adults can have ‘functional’ changes that may render them financially vulnerable,” according to Rebecca Weber, CEO of the

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Congratulations, National Honor Society Inductees

By: Travis Naughton As I sat in the auditorium at Southern Boone High School last Sunday afternoon, watching my daughter Tiana and her classmates being inducted into National Honor Society, I recognized most of the masked faces of the new inductees. These were the same kids I taught nearly a decade ago, back when I

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